When Seattle-based hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis released their marriage equality anthem “Same Love” in 2012, it quickly climbed up the charts.
The double-platinum hit featured socially conscious, upbeat lyrics and an unencumbered flow. But the catchy, sweet refrain — “My love, my love, my love, she keeps me warm, she keeps me warm” — also helped drive its popularity.
While many might instantly recognize that hummable chorus, they might not know the woman who wrote it. But for Mary Lambert, that’s starting to change. She’ll be headlining this year’s St. Pete Pride 27/82 The Concert on Friday, June 27, at the State Theatre in St. Petersburg.
A mutual friend put Lambert, also from Seattle, in touch with Macklemore & Lewis while the duo was writing “Same Love” and struggling with the chorus. She was working as a barista at the time, and given the daunting task of coming up with the perfect refrain in just three hours. So she did a shot with her boss, popped open a bottle of Champagne, and got to work.
“Then I was like, ‘Okay, I’ve gotta fucking write this thing.’ Priorities,” she said in a press bio.